The SMART Ride Site To Raise Money For HIV/AIDS Is Now Open!

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    Apr 05, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    SMART Ride fundraising for HIV/AIDS non-profit agencies in Florida has begun!

    The website is now open, and you can pledge money online to bicycle riders pedaling 165 miles from Miami to Key West. I'll be one, and so will others here on RJ. My partner, one of the original founders of the event, will be crew.

    RJ Admin has already OK'd this as not being spam. Here's the official web site, and to make a pledge go to PLEDGE in the top bar and enter a rider number or last name, then follow the directions. My number is 62 (my age) which will bring up Bob P, and you select that to begin the process.

    http://thesmartride.org/8/

    100% of what you pledge goes to 6 HIV/AIDS agencies, not a penny to me, nor for SMART Ride salaries, nor for administrative overhead or miscellaneous costs. We're all unpaid volunteers.

    It ALL goes to those 6 agencies we benefit (see the home page sidebar and click WHO WE BENEFIT). What's more, those HIV/AIDS agencies MUST use the SMART Ride money they receive for HIV-related client services. They can't use it for refurbishing somebody's office, or giving a raise, or throwing an office party. If they do, they are disqualified from future SMART Rides. Therefore 100% of the money raised goes directly to assist people with HIV/AIDS. Very few charities can make that claim.

    So I hope you'll consider this, for myself as a rider this year (November, 2011), as well as for other RJ members who I believe may be riding. We each have to raise $1250 USD minimum in order to qualify, although the average rider brings in around $1800.
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    Apr 05, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    sounds like a Worthy cause to me!

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    Apr 05, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    rnch saidsounds like a Worthy cause to me!

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    Obviously I think so, too, 100% directly to HIV/AIDS clients. We typically raise about $500-600k USD each year.

    And while some events claim to raise more total, when you consider that 40% or more of theirs goes to "costs" and other overhead, we in fact perform better than most, in terms of money actually received by HIV/AIDS clients. And most donors to us are happier to know that a hefty portion of what they contribute isn't going for CEO salaries and the like.

    Hell, my partner & I even host the monthly state-wide organizing committee meetings right here at our place, for nothing, and usually pay for the breakfast for 20 people ourselves. Who drive here at their own expense.

    And all the costs of running the Ride, like meals. medical, support vehicles, motorcycle escort, pit stops, EMS vehicle, etc, are covered by business & private sponsors. It's been designed to actually cost almost NOTHING to execute in terms of operating budget, totally self-funded through donations, generating pure profit for charity.
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    Apr 05, 2011 4:09 PM GMT
    Pretty cool Art!
    Bill and I donate to the drives up here. I just sent off our income tax and some of that expected refund is earmarked for AIDS orgs.

    -Doug
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    Apr 05, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    meninlove said Pretty cool Art!
    Bill and I donate to the drives up here. I just sent off our income tax and some of that expected refund is earmarked for AIDS orgs.

    -Doug

    Thanks, guys! Anything you can do. I got a $10 USD donation online today, and it all adds up.
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    Apr 06, 2011 2:12 PM GMT
    Bump for the Bike ride
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    Apr 06, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    rnch saidBump for the Bike ride

    My luv, why so sad looking in your new main pic? Or at least more serious than I've ever seen before? I know you so much happier. (When you aren't being Rush Limbaugh or a Corvair icon_wink.gif )
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    Apr 06, 2011 4:02 PM GMT
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    rnch saidBump for the Bike ride

    My luv, why so sad looking in your new main pic? Or at least more serious than I've ever seen before? I know you so much happier. (When you aren't being Rush Limbaugh or a Corvair icon_wink.gif )

    And thanks for your online donation sponsoring me as a rider! icon_biggrin.gif



    i am seldom happy when at work anymore...."the man" has wore me down!


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    Apr 06, 2011 4:12 PM GMT
    rnch saidi am seldom happy when at work anymore...."the man" has worn me down!

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    Well, even so... You can be happy with us, yes? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 06, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
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    rnch saidi am seldom happy when at work anymore...."the man" has worn me down!

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    Well, even so... You can be happy with us, yes? icon_biggrin.gif



    oh i am!

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    i recall a quote from ringo starr, during an early-in-their-careet interview with the beatles.

    when asked why he was looked so sad he said (something like) "i'm quite happy...it's just me face!"

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    Apr 06, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    rnch said
    Art_Deco said
    rnch saidi am seldom happy when at work anymore...."the man" has worn me down!

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    Well, even so... You can be happy with us, yes? icon_biggrin.gif

    oh i am!

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    i recall a quote from ringo starr, during an early-in-their-careet interview with the beatles.

    when asked why he was looked so sad he said (something like) "i'm quite happy...it's just me face!"

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    Well, good for Ringo. In the meantime YOU can look happier. As your other pics are, despite Ringo. But whatever, your choice.
  • rnch

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    Apr 07, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    this weekend, the big event here in new orleans is the French Quarter Festival...i will be happy enjoying it!


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    Apr 07, 2011 3:04 PM GMT
    rnch saidthis weekend, the big event here in new orleans is the French Quarter Festival...i will be happy enjoying it!

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    I discovered they offer an official iPhone app that is basically a Festival program for the entire 4-day event, giving times, places & links. Now if I could only get up there to make use of it. Have fun yourself, though! Nice when things like that are right in your own backyard.